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Questions Left Unanswered

Season 5 (and parts of 4) of the revived Doctor Who raised many questions that we're told Season 6 will pay off. Two episodes in, we've (maybe) gotten some answers, but many more questions have been asked that answered. What follows is nothing more than my subjective compilation of those questions, some of which are probably merely my brain trying to find answers to questions that only I have ever asked. Please feel free to add more in the comments or to shoot them to me via Twitter (@sjcaustenite).

Left over from 4:
1) Who is River Song? Companion? Wife? Other? The Rani? (God, do I wish--I have a soft spot for the Rani.)
2) When did she learn the Doctor's name?
3) When did she receive her sonic screwdriver? [This is one that may never be answered on-screen, as we've only seen her with it near the end of her life, but the next earliest time we see her (judging from the purely reverse chronology--"Time of Angel"/"Flesh & Stone"), she doesn't appe…

The Covers & The Pictures: Why You Knew About the Doctor's Death

First, a warning: this post will contain vital plot details for the Doctor Who episode "The Impossible Astronaut," as well as utterly uninformed, though potentially spoilerish speculation for the rest of Season 6, including "Day of the Moon," which I have not seen.

Second, I'm not going to engage in the on-going debate about whether or not officially released promo materials can be considered spoilers, per se--I generally subscribe to the school that holds that no deliberately released material can be considered a "spoiler," but I hope that people who totally disagree with me on that point will be able to see what I'm trying to suggest.

Now that that's out of the way, let's get on with the show...

This is a story of two "official spoilers," to use a term that's been floating about: The Cover & The Pictures. You know the ones. Doctor Who Magazine did four special covers, one with each of the 4 leads, with the headline &quo…

Why Every Film Jane Eyre Sucks

Another Jane Eyre? There have already been, by my very rough count, 3,485 filmed versions of the Charlotte Bronte classic made since the Lumiere brothers first put moving shadows up on a screen--and now director Cary Fukunaga (who apparently saw an over-crowded market and thought, "Me, too!) has added his version to the list. Still, I wanted to see this latest interpretation of the proto-feminist classic, if only to see how badly the screenwriter and director screwed it up.

Does that sound harsh? Let me explain by repeating what almost every film critic (and literary scholar) has said about the book: it is unfilmable. The greatness of Jane Eyre (and it is great, though I wonder sometimes if it's actually good--but that's an essay for another day), almost exclusively arises from two sources: the unique voice of its narrator, Jane; and the enigmatic charm of Mr. Rochester. These two strengths of the novel simply don't translate well to screen, because both are essentiall…

Things I saw at Gallifrey 2011

I just returned from my second Gallifrey One convention in Los Angeles and boy are my arms tired. Wait...that's not how the joke works, is it? Never mind...

The days blur and the laughs seem to echo endlessly into one great big cacophony of good will, but some things stick in the mind:

Janet Fielding offering to pose for a picture with a Tegan cosplayer and making the girl's convention. * A genuine CBS camera crew (!!!) filming a Dalek attack. * Peter Davison recreating the most iconic moment from "Castrovalva" with a specially made Tom Baker scarf. * A charming and intelligent man dressed as Sarah Jane from "The Hand of Fear" and almost pulling it off...maybe if he had shaved the beard. * An endless sea of girls in long red sweaters. * Fezzes and bow ties. * A toddler dressed as the 11th Doctor, complete with sonic. * A brilliant video wherein Davison blows off Freema Agyeman's request for an autograph. * Old friends who remind me of where I …